Son’s wreck last fall showed mom the power of prayer
Published: July 28, 2006 | 4518th good news item since 2003
Teen recovered and went on to earn a college scholarship
Name: Vanessa Jackson Austin, 45
Member of: Union Primitive Baptist Church
Vocation: Author of “Live On: Inspirational Poems and Quotes.” Bookkeeper, jewelry maker.
One of your poems: The poem that stands out to me is “Hanging by a Thread”: “When I feel overwhelmed in this life; When I’m hanging by a thread, I ask God to be my guide and by him I am led.”
Describe God: God to me is loving, kind, sincere, forgiving, powerful and magnificent. I experience God every day by hearing the birds sing, seeing nature and talking to Him through prayer.
Spiritual role models: Both of my parents. My mother especially was my spiritual role model. She had strong faith in God and regularly sought him. Plus, all my brothers and sisters and I grew up attending and joining the church.
A difficult time faith helped you through: A difficult time in my life was when my son, Cedric, had a car accident early one morning in November.
The traffic lights had been shot out during the night.
Cedric was coming from a coach’s house, where he had been running with the cross country team for Sparkman High.
Cedric’s car was hit so hard as he went through an intersection, his vehicle made a 360-degree turn on Alabama 53, and he landed on the side of the highway.
Cedric was suppose to have run cross country in the state competition the weekend after the car accident, but he could not because of his pain and doctors’ orders.
During the days and weeks after the accident, I told Cedric that the car accident could have been much worse and that he was blessed. Also I reminded him, “God took care of you.”
Cedric recovered and was able to start for Sparkman High shortly after the basketball season started. Cedric’s playing time and ability increased, and the result is that he received a basketball scholarship to Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., where he will start in a few weeks.
God is real, and He answers prayers.
What you are doing to deepen your faith: I will be praying more and asking God for protection and guidance, especially for Cedric, going off to college. Also I will be reading more religious books, including the Bible. I am hoping to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.
Advice for anyone who is discouraged: Pray sincerely asking God for guidance and help. Also ask Him to come into your heart. Read Psalm 23, Psalm 46, John 3:16 and Hebrews 13:5. Those are helpful Scriptures. Also, talk with a godly person, someone with whom you feel comfortable talking.
Favorite verse: “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” Isaiah 43:2
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